A Reminder of His Love – April 17, 2017

Today’s Scripture… “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through is poverty might be rich.”  – II Corinthians 8:9

Thoughts for Today… After Jesus was resurrected, He met with His disciples in closed quarters.  Everyone was present except Thomas.  When the disciples told Thomas about having met with the resurrected Christ, he showed his disbelief, until…

Christ revealed Himself to the disciples a second time, with Thomas present this time.  Jesus encouraged Thomas to touch the wounds in His hand and side.  You see, even though Jesus was resurrected in a glorified state, He still bore the wounds and scars of His crucifixion.  Why?  Many would say Christ still bore His scars to prove to Thomas and others that He had indeed risen.  Perhaps.  But, His scars might remain to remind us of His love.  You see, He was wounded for our iniquities.  He was crucified for our sins.  It was our transgressions that nailed Him to the cross.  The scars are a daily reminder of just how much love He has for us.  And just as His scars remain, so does His love.

One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, “I always park there. You took my place!”

The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat! You took my place!” The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday School, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit. You took my place!” The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing.

Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and people began to notice things about him that they had not previously saw. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?”

The visitor humbly replied, “I took your place.”

Let us remember today afresh and anew, that Christ Jesus took our place on Calvary.  Why not pause and give Him thanks for His love and mercy and then, tell someone else about His love for them.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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